Sure, Kobe Bryant's still on the shelf as he works his way back from surgery to repair the torn left Achilles tendon he suffered late last season. The beauty of having a guaranteed contract, though, is that you can get paid even if you can't work ... and the Black Mamba's about to get paaaaaaaaaaaid by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Most players in the NBA receive their salary throughout the year — but then Kobe Bryant is not a typical NBA player.
Negotiated as part of his specific contract, Bryant receives a balloon payment on Nov. 1. On Friday, the All-Star guard will receive $24,363,044 from the Lakers.
Bryant's salary for the entire season is $30,453,805 — the remaining $6.1 million will be paid out over the course of the year.
While there's a limit to how much a player can receive in advance, Bryant is right at that 80% maximum.
The limit to which Pincus refers is part of the 2011 collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the National Basketball Player's Association, as covered by the great Larry Coon in his NBA Salary Cap FAQ. This, of course, is one reason it's nice to have a single-season base salary of more than $30 million.
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